Such a Lazy Bid

Dlr: South Vul: None

North
S 10
H K J 4 3
D 10 8 6 3
C A 8 7 5
West
S A K 6 5
H 8 5
D 9 4 2
C J 9 4 3 2
East
S Q 9 8 4 3
H 10 9 6 2
D
C K Q 6
South
S J 7 2
H A Q 7
D A K Q J 7 5
C 10

Most pairs wound up in 5D on this deal and then wondered how they could have found the cold slam. Usually the bidding went Pass – 1D1H – 3D5D. But Ralph Cohen found a better bid over 3D.

West North East South
Pass Pass 1D
Pass 1H Pass 3D
4S! Pass Pass 4NT
5D Pass 6D Pass
5All Pass

When his partner leaped to 3D, Ralph realized that his hand might be golden. To check it out, he splintered to 4S instead of settling for the diamond game.

When Ralph announced the singleton spade plus trump support, his partner realized the slam possibilities. If partner had as little as the CA and the HK – just seven high card points – slam would be cold. And why would Ralph splinter unless he had some useful cards?

So out came Blackwood, revealing the CA. That was enough – Ralph’s partner bid the slam for almost all the matchpoints. When Ralph discovered that most Norths had bid 5D, he shrugged and commented, “5D is such a lazy bid.”

About the Author:

Harold Schogger has just celebrated 40 years of bridge teaching. He opened his bridge club in Hendon London in 1983. Since 1997 he has devoted his time to teaching and directing.

He holds the Professional Teachers’ Diploma from the English Bridge Union, and now trains teachers for the EBU. He is also a member of the International Bridge Press Association. Harold is the author of Practice Your Rule of 11 and the ebook Bridge for Winners.

Harold has been an OKbridge member since 1997. You can see his valuable blog posts here under the category Bridge Hand Review. Harold is also a Premier Life Master.

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